Prolific Arafat helps sink Durham
Yasir Arafat became the leading wicket-taker in Friends Life t20 history as Lancashire Lightning recorded a thumping win over Durham Dynamos at Old Trafford.
Arafat returned 3-21 from four overs to reach 99 scalps as the visitors were bowled out for just 121 in 19.2 overs after electing to bat.
Left-arm spinner Gary Keedy led the way by taking 4-25 as Gareth Breese top-scored with 33 off 18 balls for the Dynamos, who had only four batsmen reach double figures on a true pitch offering some turn.
Steven Croft then smashed a destructive unbeaten 65 off 44 balls as the hosts moved joint top of the North Division - with seven points from five matches alongside Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire - courtesy of an eight-wicket success.
Croft hit four fours and as many sixes and shared 103 in 11.4 overs with Tom Smith, who struck 40 off 31 balls, as the win was secured with six overs to spare.
Arafat is playing for his fourth county having had spells with Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
He had Herschelle Gibbs caught at mid-on in the third over before returning to get Gordon Muchall at long-on and Breese at mid-off.
Durham’s performance was summed up by Ben Stokes treading on his own stumps as he looked for a single to midwicket off Glen Chapple before Phil Mustard was run out following a mix-up with Johann Myburgh, both of whom made 22.
Keedy bowled Dale Benkenstein and had Myburgh held at long-on in his first spell before bowling Liam Plunkett and having Mitchell Claydon caught and bowled with successive deliveries in the 18th, leaving the score at 113 for nine.
Lancashire lost Stephen Moore in the second over of their reply to Claydon, giving the Dynamos a ray of light.
But Croft quickly extinguished any hopes of a third Durham win as he helped take 23 off Graham Onions in the fifth over, hitting two sixes over square-leg to combine with as many fours.
Seventeen also came off Scott Borthwick’s first set of six, the ninth of the innings, as Smith hit him for a straight maximum into the new player and media facility at the Statham End of the ground.
Smith fell to Borthwick as he tried to finish the match with another six before Karl Brown hit the winning runs.